CougarLinks: Former BYU star Collie made impact with Patriots this season

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  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    Jan. 22, 2014 9:39 a.m.

    You're talking about the TD by Sean Smith. I watched KC a lot this year, and which side do you think teams targeted 9 times out of ten...hint, it wasn't Brandon Flower's. Smith is slow and not great in coverage which is why he constantly had to have back end help from the safeties. He is the weakest link on that defense, no question about it, but he was lucky enough to have a pass thrown right at him and then dodge and slow poke his way behind blockers to the endzone. Look for KC to try and get another corner over there because Smith just isn't very good (I had to laugh at Deion Sanders poking fun at his speed, or lack thereof, on NFL channel). I dare say, Brice McCain was a better nickel back with the Texans than Smith at corner for KC.

  • Samwise Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 21, 2014 11:03 a.m.

    That is an interesting and sad stat that you mentioned, Chris. Of course I would be happy if there was more production in the NFL from BYU alum this past year, but I have never claimed that BYU alum are currently out performing U of U alum in the NFL. Next year I predict that the BYU alum in the NFL will be far more productive then they were this year (not sure how they will do as compared to Utah alum). I often wonder if your hatred for BYU is stronger then your love for the U of U. Its too bad because your comments on political articles generally quite good (and along the lines of what most BYU fans would agree with).

    To be honest, once players leave college and enter the pros I generally let the rivalry go concerning them and cheer for any player that has ties to the state of Utah (although I cheer for BYU alum more than any other school's alum). For example, Weddle is one of my favorite current NFL players and I am thrilled to have Beadles in the Super Bowl helping to protect my favorite current NFL quarterback.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Jan. 21, 2014 9:54 a.m.

    Collie can play, but is it good for his brain?

  • hobbes1012003 Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 20, 2014 11:53 p.m.

    Well we have proof that ChrisB has multiple names on DesNews. He responded to a question using a different monaker than the he previously did. I hope he can one day become a Ute fan and no longer a BYU hater.

    I hope Collie keeps a roster spot on the Pats. Brady seemed to have confidence in Collie since he threw to him several times in clutch situations where they needed a 1st down or bust.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 20, 2014 9:06 p.m.

    Kind of silly, but why a ute-cougar feud?

    @Reno Cougs Fan 68--How can the Cougs rise up when they're all ready on top.

    In the past five years, who in Utah has the best win-loss record?

    That's the only thing that matters! Period!

    Everything else is mush--Period!

    Jan. 20, 2014 9:06 p.m.

    I'm a big Ute fan (obviously), but I respect Collie for how much he's persevered after suffering through all of his concussions. You can't help but admire him for playing through his physical injuries. I wish him the best.

  • Christopher B Ogden, UT
    Jan. 20, 2014 3:43 p.m.


    I stand corrected on the one touchdown. Here is a fun fact that you can go fact check all you want. Utah alum playing defense in the NFL had as many touchdowns as byu alum playing offense in the NFL.

    Again, it just surprises me that for such a powerhouse program, byu really only has a couple guys really contributing in the NFL. I can't think of any other powerhouse college programs with so few players playing. But probably just a coincidence.

  • Samwise Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 20, 2014 3:32 p.m.

    I am a BYU fan and wish Collie the best, but I will admit that I was one who thought he was unwise to push so hard to get back he began to prove me wrong at times this year. I hope he can continue to do so in the future. I agree that the new targeting and hitting above the shoulders rules/emphasis should help Collie.

    Chris B, glad to see you are here as always on a BYU article. FYI, Dennis Pitta had one touchdown this year against the Vikings in his first game back from his injury. He only played in 4 games this season and surely would have had more touchdowns had he been healthy the whole year. He also happened to have a pretty important touchdown grab in the Super Bowl last year and likely will be an important part of the Ravens offense next year. Sure, I would have liked BYU alum to have more touchdowns than that (and next year expect there to be many more from both Pitta and Collie and likely even a few from Hoffman), but please check your facts before trolling next time. Thanks.

    Go Cougars!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 20, 2014 12:52 p.m.


    Time will tell. Hopefully he doesn't get any more concussions, but people get head injuries every week, even with the new emphasis. Collie already has had a concussion or two with the new emphasis in place. I can imagine byu fans angst in making sure he stays on the field. This year byu alum accounted for a grand total of zero touchdowns in the entire NFL. For a school that is such an offensive juggernaut its mind boggling how such a powerhouse program would have exactly zero touchdowns all season by their alum. Best of luck to Collie in increasing that number from zero next year.

  • Riddles in the Dark Olympus Cove, Utah
    Jan. 20, 2014 12:38 p.m.


    With the new NFL emphasis on targeting and hitting above the shoulders, Collie stands a much better chance of staying healthy. His skill set as a receiver - precise route running and great hands - have never been an issue.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 20, 2014 11:59 a.m.


    Certainly, hopefully he can stay healthy. Some players just can't physically handle the difficulty of an NFL schedule. Time will tell with collie.

  • Reno Cougs Fan 68 Reno, NV
    Jan. 20, 2014 11:50 a.m.

    Chris B,
    Give him a full healthy season with the Pats and you just might have to sing a different tune!!! Or with any other team for that matter!!!

    Go Cougars!!! Rise Up!!!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 20, 2014 11:14 a.m.

    Collie has shown perseverance in trying to show he is capable of playing in the NFL, but he really did not do much this year. He had a good game yesterday, but 6 catches the entire regular season for someone who was supposed to be as good as Collie?

    He tied for 294th in the league in reception yards. That's nothing to get too excited about. Is it better than the average American who never will play in the NLF? Sure, if that's the measuring stick. But for the best receiver to play at byu in the last couple decades, being 294th in the league must be tough to acknowledge.